Leeds signed an international midfielder in Casper Sloth who took on England, so what's gone wrong?

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What has happened to Casper Sloth since he signed for Leeds United?

It is little over one year ago that Casper Sloth was starting at Wembley for Denmark, taking on a Steven Gerrard-led England side.

The midfielder has nine caps for his country in total, but his career has suffered a downturn in fortunes ever since he signed for Leeds United in August.

The Dane has found himself out of favour at the club, often only on the bench to make up the numbers, and it would not be a surprise to see him sold in the summer.

He has made just 13 appearances in the Championship this season, only seven of them starts, and has not played at all since February.

The last of these was in a 2-0 loss away to Brighton, a dismal game all round, but one in which Leeds were missing injured players like Sam Byram, and an away trip on a Tuesday night just days after a hard fought road victory against Middlesbrough.

Sloth touched the ball just 22 times in 58 minutes in that match, before being hauled off.

In his preceding appearance, he provided his one and only assist of his time at the club - with no goals scored - in a win over Reading, but even that was not memorable.

That has been Sloth's problem. In a Leeds squad which has plenty of competition for places in midfield, whenever he has played, he simply has not done enough to retain his starting spot for the next game, and has been outperformed by the club's teenage academy talents.

Similar to Adryan, Sloth is not blessed with the natural physical stature of a Rudolph Austin, and for a player who is experiencing his first taste of English league football, he has not been up to speed from the word go and has appeared too lightweight. In the Championship, you can get away with having to play catch up from a technical perspective if you are physically imposing, but Sloth does not fall into this category.

Quoted by ITV late last year, the 23-year-old said he found his omission from the side 'weird'. Having regained his place and then been dropped again, you can only wonder how he would describe it now, not having featured for more than two months.

It's unlikely he will be picked against Rotherham on the season's final day, and perhaps he may be one player who would actually stand to benefit from head coach Neil Redfearn moving on.

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